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Over the years, pop rock has come to dominate the radio waves. Mixing a catchy pop sound with light (read: not serious) lyrics combined with guitar rock, pop rock bands are some of the most popular bands on the planet and making some of the best rock songs of 2018. While new pop rock bands come and go, the best pop rock bands have managed stick around and churn out hit after hit. These pop rock artists sell out arenas, sell millions of singles and downloads, and some are even featured on TV shows and movies. Above all, pop rock bands have managed to endure and are widely known for having big hits.

So, what are the best pop rock bands? Any list of pop rock bands has to include names like Maroon 5, Bon Jovi, OneRepublic, Daughtry, Billy Joel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and the Beatles. These famous pop bands span generations and different eras in pop music, but the one similar thread is that they all play rock music and were labeled as a pop band. Pop rock isn't going away any time soon, and its bands, with good reason, appeal to all music fans. Famous pop singers are often treated like celebrities and it's usually their charisma that makes them so good at what they do. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the top pop rock bands. If you think a pop rock band should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add there . This list answers the questions "who are the best pop rock bands of all time?" and "who are the greatest pop rock musicians ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular pop rock bands that you might've heard of.

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2,069 2,137
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
iwontgiveyou.myinformation added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
1,826 2,081
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
MichaelGilham added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
898 2,047
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

4
923 1,964
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

5
852 1,585
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

6
647 1,251
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

7
563 1,561
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

8
737 1,386
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

9
710 1,073
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

10
590 1,672
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

11
365 262
Adele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

12
560 931
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

13
325 544
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

14
391 229
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

15
324 333
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

16
346 220
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

17
369 315
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

18
332 772
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

19
1,289 2,443
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

20
880 2,035
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

21
373 206
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

22
351 366
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
jack-spurlock added Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

23
356 199
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

24
312 319
New Order is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

25
321 249
INXS is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock